Weinstein faces first claim for assault damages in UK

London civil claim lodged against Weinstein

London civil claim lodged against Weinstein

"Harvey Weinstein was able to force or coerce Kadian into sexual activity in his hotel room because of his promise to her of a film role and use of his influence on her behalf", states Noble's 11-page federal complaint, filed Monday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of NY.

Now complaint filed in federal court on this side of the Atlantic today by actress Kadian Noble claims Weinstein sexually assaulted her at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival and TWC covered it up for another 'Friend of Harvey'.

At that point, Weinstein "pulled Kadian closer and groped her breasts" according to the suit, despite the plaintiff's protests.

The case could have major consequences for Weinstein because several of his alleged assaults on actresses occurred overseas. He then allegedly told her his "people would be in touch".

As for Kadian herself, her recount of the harrowing experience with Weinstein is extremely similar to the other 50 plus women who have come forward with their tales of horror with the producer. She says Weinstein told her at the time that he had a film role in mind for her.

Ms Noble said she first met the now disgraced movie mogul at a Bafta after party in London in February 2014 where he was surrounded by stars such as Naomi Campbell, Rita Ora and Oprah Winfrey.

Instead, according to Kadian, Weinstein grabbed her breasts.

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"The Weinstein company's board has maintained they were completely unaware of Harvey's crimes, claiming to be blindsided by the plethora of sexual misconduct allegations".

The complaint then lays out its reasons for naming The Weinstein Company and Bob Weinstein as co-defendants.

The complaint also details the use of the term "FOH" by TWC staffers to refer to women Harvey Weinstein had sexual encounters with in exchange for professional advancement.

"TWC knowingly participated in Harvey Weinstein's venture in violation of 18 U.S.C. §1591 (the sex trafficking statute) by benefiting from, and knowingly facilitating, the venture in which Harvey Weinstein traveled in foreign commerce to recruit or entice female actors into forced or coerced sexual encounters on the promise of roles in films or entertainment projects", says Noble's lawyer Jeff Herman in the complaint.

Harvey Weinstein has been accused of violating sex trafficking laws in a new lawsuit.

A spokesman for the Directors Guild of America confirmed that Weinstein had resigned, several weeks after president Thomas Schlamme announced disciplinary charges against the tycoon, but refused to comment further.

Kadian Noble, 31, also told a press conference on Tuesday how she felt further pressured into silence after describing Weinstein's alleged offending to an executive assistant in London.

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